Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is using Winners and Losers drills to determine the team's cuts. On Wednesday, Tim Tebow lined up against Chris Manhertz in a one-on-one in a special teams blocking drill. Every time a player wins the drill, his name gets announced over the loudspeaker.
That happened throughout the practice with various one-on-one drills. "A big roster's going to go to a smaller roster, and I think to be fair to players -- we all have so much respect [and] this is a way guys make a living -- I don't believe in subjectivity," Meyer said, per ESPN.
"I believe in, what's your record? Every man's got a record. What is it? You are what your record [is]. If you lose a lot but you have a lot of potential, that's not real good. "Just over the course of my career, I can give you example after example [of players who] maybe they're a little slow, but they just never lose."
Meyer first started doing it in 2006
Meyer first started using Winners and Losers drill in 2006 at Florida. In college, he used results to determine starters and playing time but in the NFL he is using it to determine who stays.
"Well, I haven't done that before [used it to determine cuts]. This is going to be the first [time]," Meyer said. "But I've had to make decisions on who starts, and it's not fair to players to say, Well, I'm starting [you] because I like you, or because you're from Ohio.
It's just: Here's the stats. They say statistics are for losers, and my comment is usually losers say statistics are for losers. "So you've got a record. What's your record? How's it going? I just think that's a complete mentality.
That Tom Brady guy, his record's really good. You move him to the Buccaneers, it's really good. New England Patriots, really good." Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot likes the competitive spirit of the drills.
"I feel like it definitely just keeps that competitive spirit going," Smoot said. "We're all trying to hear our own name on the [public-address system] anyways out there on the big field, so just hearing it out on the practice field, it's great."
Meyer certainly pulled off something unusual for the NFL level. "There's one way to do it and that's scrimmage forever, and you can't do that," Meyer said. "But you can create scenarios where it's one-on-one and then everybody's got a score. What's your record?"